Malloy, Dunne lead N. Iowa past W. Illinois, 30-23
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Michael Malloy ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Eli Dunne threw for two scores and Northern Iowa beat Western Illinois 30-23 on Saturday.
Dunne completed 19 of 27 passes for 209 yards with one interception and Jalen Rima had four receptions for 79 yards for Northern Iowa (5-5, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference).
Malloy capped an 11-play, 78-yard game-opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and Dunne hit Logan Cunningham for a 9-yard score to make it 14-0 with 4:51 left in the first half.
A touchdown pass from Dunne to Daurice Fountain and a 6-yard scoring run by Malloy – sandwiched around Lance Lenoir's 9-yard TD catch for Western Illinois – made it 27-9 with 7:34 left and the Panthers held on from there.
Sean McGuire threw three touchdown passes – including two to Isaiah Lesure – for Western Illinois (6-4, 3-4).